Sept. 30

- Summit Metro Parks staff are encouraging visitors to learn about and collect native plant seeds to strengthen the local ecosystem. From 10 a.m. to noon at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road, join a naturalist and biologist to learn the many benefits of planting native plants. It is an opportunity to learn about some of our native prairie plants and the wildlife that can be attracted to them. The 186-acre park features a restored prairie habitat, ripe with native plants and wildlife. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org. 

- Enjoy a fun-filled day at Kingsway Pumpkin Farm from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Canton's Total Living Center's fall fundraiser. Cost is $9 and includes the corn maize, and $2 will be donated to the Total Living Center. There will be bake sale items and raffle baskets along with all the fall family activities the farm has to offer. For more information, contact Laura Kell at 330-807-4609.

Oct. 1

- Koresh Dance Company will perform at 3 p.m. at The University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall. The mixed repertory performance is presented by DANCECleveland in collaboration with The University of Akron’s dance program and will feature some of Koresh Dance Company’s most exciting works. Tickets are available at www.DANCECleveland.org or by calling 330-972-7570. Tickets range from $25 to $45. Until Sept. 29, tickets can also be purchased in person at The Akron Civic Theatre box office, 182 S. Main Street. Groups of five or more can call DANCECleveland at 216-991-9000 for more information about discounted group tickets.

- BYOB (Bring Your Own Blood) to a blood drive fundraiser for Jason Labay from 1:30 to 7 p.m. in the Springfield High School Gymnasium. Jason is in need of A+ or O- blood transfusions and there is a shortage at the American Red Cross nationwide. Join in rallying together for a great cause. On site will also be representatives from Be The match, for those that wish to register to be a bone marrow donor. There will be food trucks, raffles, 50/50 drawing, games and activities for kids, child ID kits, touch a truck and much more.  For those who cannot attend but would like to donate, visit www.redcross.org to set up an appointment. Also, to be a bone marrow donor or to learn more visit www.bethematch.org.

Oct. 2

- Queen of Heaven Church, 1800 Steese Road, Green, will hold a Bring Your Pets to Mass. The outdoor Mass with pet blessing, will commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and his love of animals. The mass will be held at 11 a.m. Pets need to be on leashes or caged. Bring your lawn chair. In case of rain, take your pets into the church for the 11 a.m. Mass. For more information, call 330-896-2345.

Oct. 3

- The Stark County Educational Service Center and Stark County institutions of higher education presents the 2017 Stark County College and Career Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. at Canton Memorial Civic Center. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities will be available to provide information on choosing a college, pursuing careers and planning futures. Financial aid and college credit plus sessions will be held at 6:15 and 7 p.m. Visit http://tinyurl.com/StarkCountyCollegeFair for more information.

- The Green Branch Library presents Investing in an uncertain market. The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. and is presented by Rob Moser. Register in advance.

Oct. 4

- Different seasons bring different challenges, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio wants to help you understand how to deal with them all. Participants will learn about seasonal assistance programs, energy conservation and efficiency tips, safety tips and the different kinds of tax rebate programs that Ohioans can take advantage of. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-896-9074.

- Summit County Children Services is sponsoring a free Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting on at 6 p.m. at the Tallmadge Branch Library, 90 Community Road. This event is open to the entire community and reservations are not needed.  For more information on Foster Care and Adoption through Summit County Children Services, call 330-379-1990.

- Creative Cog will present local creative entrepreneur Sue Grabowski to share lessons she’s learned and insight on starting a creative-focused business at 5:30 p.m. at Musica, 51 E. Market St., Akron. "Tips from a Creative-Type Entrepreneur with Sue Grabowski" is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Event registration is available at www.eventbrite.com and use the search. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Oct. 5

- Master Gardeners in conjunction with the Springfield Parks presents a free program, "Pennies from Heaven: Treasuring Every Drop of Water, Free and Not so Free" by Sarah Vradenburg. The talk begins at 7 p.m. and is held at the Springfield Community/Senior Center, 2459 Canfield Road. For more information, contact Doug Foltz at 330-733-2556.

- Massillon/North Canton Ladies of Elks 2029 will host a card party at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Arrowhead Golf and Banquet Center, 1510 Rogwin Circle SW. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased by Oct. 6. The evening will include a basket raffle, 50/50 and door prizes in addition to playing cards after a light dinner. Proceeds benefit charities and scholarships. For tickets and questions, contact Jan at 330-494-1905.

Oct. 7

- Portage Path Behavioral Health will be hosting an event called KJ’s 5K for Mental Health and Animal Rescue in remembrance of Kyle "KJ" Hamblin. Portage Path has partnered with KJ’s family to honor the memory of KJ and others who have been lost to suicide, and raise awareness for the importance of recognizing signs of suicidality. Proceeds will benefit the Portage Path Support Hotline, Summit County’s free suicide prevention service, and Portage Path’s affordable mental health programs. As KJ was a lover of animals, the event will also incorporate a dog walk/run. Participants are welcome to bring their pets to accompany them on the scenic course along Portage Lakes. In addition, local agencies will be on hand with rescue dogs which can be partnered with walkers, and are available to be adopted.  The event takes place at Portage Lakes State Park in New Franklin. Entry is $25 for adults, with kids under 16 free. To register, volunteer, or sponsor, visit https://runsignup.com/kJs5k, or call 330-253-3100, ext. 1115.

- The Tadmor Shrine Kid's Haunted House and Hayride, built specifically for children, is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and 4 to 10 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 7 through the Oct. 29 at 3000 Krebs Drive, Green. The haunted house and hayride adventure is filled with screams and laughter. There’s food, and adventure galore. Cost is $10 per person, with $1 off coupons available by visiting www.hallowfun.net.

Oct. 9

- One of A Kind Pet Rescue is hosting Akron’s First Annual Pug Fest from noon to 5 p.m. The event is to raise awareness for pet adoption through One of A Kind Pet Rescue and Ohio Pug Rescue. The event is at 1929 W. Market Street and offers pug costume contests, vendors, nail trims, photo opportunities, raffle and more. The "Dreemers" will perform. For more information, call 330-865-6200 or visit  www.oneofakindpets.com.

- A day retreat for engaged couples will be held at 11:15 a.m. beginning with registration and ending at 6:45 p.m. The cost is $75 per couple (due with advance registration). Dress is casual. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or visit www.loyolaretreathouse.com to download a registration form.

Oct. 11

- Earn Fall Hiking Spree credit while hiking with doctors from Cleveland Clinic Akron General and a Summit Metro Parks naturalist. From noon to 1:30 p.m., learn how to decrease pain and inflammation with a healthy lifestyle with Dr. David Vincent and Dr. Theresa Sheridan at Firestone Metro Park/Willow Trail, 2400 Harrington Road. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.    

Oct. 12

- The 2017 Jack-O-Lantern Jog will be the spookiest 5K in Akron as runners move through Akron's historic Glendale Cemetery beginning at 6 p.m. The race starts and ends at Lock 3, 200 S. Main Street. Register early to receive T-shirt and more. All finishers of the 5K will get a one-of-a-kind race medal. To register, visit www.hermescleveland.com and click the "register now" button. Participation for the 5K run is $25 until race day, then $30 (cash or check) on the day of the event. For more information about the race, visit www.akronymca.org/KohlFamily/2016_Jack_O_Lantern_Jog_5k/ or call 330-434-9622, ext. 12.

- St. Jacob’s apple dumplings will be on sale from 1 to 4 p.m. until sold out. Profits go to the Martin Center (a faith-based facility in Canton for youths in grades 7-12), Camp Quality Ohio (support program for children with cancer) and the Young Adult Canter in Hartville. The "Apple Dumpling Gang," are preparing 4,000 of the frozen treats, which come six to a package priced at $9. Instructions for baking and making a topping are included. No advance orders will be taken. St. Jacob’s is located at 1460 State St. NE between Ohio Route 43 and Market Ave. NE in Lake Township.

- A reverse raffle will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Guy's Party Centre, 500 East Waterloo Road, to benefit Loyola Retreat House. Tickets are $125 each (includes two buffet dinners, open bar, hors d’oeuvres) $3,000 Grand Prize (plus additional prizes). For more information, call 330-896-2315, email loyolaretreat@aol.com, or visit www.loyolaretreathouse.com.

Oct. 15

- One of A Kind Pet Rescue will host the Chase Your Tail 5k Run/Walk, and the one-mile Doggie Dash on Oct. 15. Racers can participate in any of the events with their dog. The races begin and end at Summit Lake Community Center, and will be run on both the road and the Towpath, taking participants on the floating Towpath Trail across the middle of Summit Lake. This event benefits One of A Kind Pet Rescue, a no-kill, no time-limit shelter. Register online at www.oneofakindpets.com/5k with a credit card. Early registration by Sept. 15 is $30, preregistration from Sept. 16 through Oct. 14 is $35, and race day registration is $40. Race day registration and packet pickup will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Summit Lake Community Center, 380 W. Crosier.

- Earn hiking spree credit alongside Summit Metro Parks Executive Director Lisa King. The hike begins at 6 p.m. at the Prairie Trail in Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road.

- Green Valley United Methodist Church, 620 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, will hold a Pumpkin Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. The free event will feature hay rides, food, games, music and pumpkin decorating. Pumpkins will be provided. For more information, call the church at 330- 896-4357.

- Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the American Red Cross of Summit, Portage and Medina Counties chapter are teaming up to offer free hands-only CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training. In just one hour you can get the knowledge and skills to be ready to respond quickly should a loved one or friend collapse from a sudden cardiac arrest. The class will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:20 to 3:30 p.m. at 1940 Town Park Blvd., Green. Register by calling 330-344-2462.